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BJ Fox: The Fox's Den, June 24

Posted: June 23, 2014 - 1:57pm

Step into my den, pull up a comfy chair and a cup of tea and let’s chat.

My deepest condolences to the family of Chad Hollenbaugh, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident this week. Melinda is a teacher at Westside and she has three girls in college and a boy, age 16. A memorial fund is set up at First Security Bank in Chad’s name if you would care to donate.

Charles Day called with a report on his kind offer to receive dirt land fill from the City of Greenbrier. Seems many people misinterpreted my note last week and have been dumping just about everything free of charge — not good!

Day was generous in his offer to the City to dispose of their excavated dirt pile from our new water treatment plant for free; but he usually charges $10 per load for all others. The City has yet to get back to him; but he has certainly had many loads from as far away as Clinton — without people paying. Please be respectful of a man’s generous offer and re-read my note from last week.

There will be three July 4 celebrations for our cities of Wooster and Greenbrier, two this Saturday and the official City of Greenbrier celebration on July 4. Wooster’s fish fry, dessert auction and Quilt of Valor presentations begin at 6 p.m.

Greenbrier’s First United Methodist Church (GFUMC) is also holding their annual pot luck dinner and ice-cream social on the lawn, starting at 6 p.m.

They are really making use of their beautiful, spacious front lawn, highly visible on the corner of Highway 65 and Tyler Street. This has always been an attractive community event for Greenbrier and a chance for their youth to shine by helping out.

It’s always free, but this year be sure to bring along some canned goods for their food pantry. They have already helped 153 families this year. Your generous donations have kept their pantry going so they can give each family about $60 worth of food up to four times a year.

Fireworks for both of these events will start around 9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. The movies being shown on the lawn Monday evenings have also been well attended.

No, Big Brother is not watching you! Seems the mechanisms atop all the stop lights in town were put there by the State Highway Department to help regulate the flow of traffic through town in hopes of lessening traffic tie-ups through Greenbrier.

A few years ago there was a $180,000 study done, which Greenbrier contributed a lesser sum of about $10,000 to set up a monitoring system of traffic conditions that can be controlled from a station in Little Rock.

Greenbrier does not want a bypass around our town — that would cut us off from everything — so this was suggested and, lo and behold, only installed recently. I have noticed a difference in traffic flow through the city — especially on Friday afternoons. Have you?

And, lastly, those 90-gallon trash containers that were delivered all over town? The City of Greenbrier signed a new seven-year contract with Waste Management recently that now allows them to use their new trucks to automatically lift these containers. No, your bills are not going up more than about 20 cents (I think) until next year; but they will start using this method of pick-up around July 1, after they get all of them delivered. Their contract states these are free to residents, and trash must be picked up within a two hour window of their usual time of your pick-up service.

Further, if you are disabled or a senior or for some reason cannot drag that thing on wheels to your curb, just call Amber at City Hall and request someone do that for you. Those residents who live outside our city limits can request our service by also talking with Amber, but it will cost a little more. City Hall’s number is (501) 679-2422.

’Til next time...

Please send Greenbrier news, questions, comments or suggestions to BJ Fox at bjfox2005@windstream.net or call 501-679-3690.

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